2019 Prometheus Award Finalists

The Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS) has released the finalists for the Prometheus Award in the Best Novel category, honoring pro-freedom works published in 2018.

Best Novel Award

  • Causes of Separation, Travis Corcoran (Morlock)
  • Kingdom of the Wicked [Book One: Rules and Book Two: Order], Helen Dale (Ligature Pty Limited)
  • State Tectonics, Malka Older (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Fractal Man, J. Neil Schulman (Steve Heller)
  • The Murderbot
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2019 Hugo and Campbell Awards Finalists

Finalists for the Hugo Awards and for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer have been announced by Dublin 2019, the 77th Worldcon, to be held August 15-19, 2019 at the Convention Centre Dublin in Dublin Ireland. 1,800 valid nominating ballots (1,797 electronic and three paper) were received and counted from members of Dublin 2019 and Worldcon 76. Nominating ballot information for individual categories has not been released. ...Read More

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2019 Colorado Book Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2019 Colorado Book Awards include the following titles of genre interest:

Science Fiction/Fantasy

  • Murder on the Titania and Other Steam-Powered Adventures, Alex Acks (Queen of Swords)
  • While Gods Sleep, L.D. Colter (Tam Lin)
  • Denver Moon: The Minds of Mars, Warren Hammond & Joshua Viola (Hex)

General Nonfiction

  • Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded, Jason Heller (Melville House)


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31st Annual Lambda Awards Finalists

The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced finalists for the 31st Annual Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”), celebrating “the best lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender books.” Nominees of genre interest follow.


  • Metabolize, If Able, Clay AD (Monster House)
  • In the Vanishers’ Palace, Aliette de Bodard (JABberwocky)
  • Resilience, Fletcher DeLancey (Heartsome)
  • The Breath of the Sun, Isaac R. Fellman (Aqueduct)
  • The Barrow Will Send What it
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2019 Jim Baen Memorial Award Finalists

Baen Books has released the list of ten finalists for the 2019 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award:

  • Gustavo Bondoni
  • C Stuart Hardwick
  • Harry Lang
  • Jeffrey Lyman
  • Matt McHugh
  • Wendy Nikel
  • M.T. Reiten
  • Benjamin Tyler Smith
  • Tiffany Smith
  • Marie Vibbert

The Grand Prize winning story will be featured on the Baen website. The author will be given a trophy and paid a professional rate.

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Sturgeon Award Finalists Announced

The finalists for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction story have been announced by the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction. The award will be presented during the Campbell Conference Awards reception, to be held June 28-30, 2019.

  • “Freezing Rain, A Chance of Falling”, L.X. Beckett (F&SF 7-8/18)
  • The Only Harmless Great Thing, Brooke Bolander (Tor.com Publishing)
  • “The Secret Lives of the
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Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 12th annual Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards have been announced. All five finalists in the Teen category are of genre interest.

  • The Belles, Dhonielle Clayton (Freeform)
  • Furyborn, Claire Legrand (Sourcebooks)
  • The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen)
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker, Jen Wang (First Second)
  • Wildcard, Marie Lu (Putnam)

The awards presented by non-profit literacy organization Every Child a Reader and

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2019 Aspen Words Finalists

Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Mariner) is a finalist for the second annual Aspen Words Literary Prize.

The winner will be announced during a ceremony on April 11, 2019 in New York NY. The $35,000 prize is awarded to “an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture.” Finalists each receive $1,000. Finalists and winner are ...Read More

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LA Times Book Prize Finalists

The Los Angeles Times has announced the finalists for their 39th annual Book Prize.

Works of genre note include Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Knopf) in Fiction, as well as The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen) and The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan (Little, Brown BFYR) in Young Adult Literature.

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2018 Aurealis Awards Finalists

The 2018 Aurealis Awards shortlist, recognizing the best in Australian speculative fiction, has been announced.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • Scales of Empire, Kylie Chan (HarperCollins)
  • Obsidio, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
  • Lifel1k3, Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
  • A Superior Spectre, Angela Meyer (Ventura)
  • Dyschronia, Jennifer Mills (Picador)
  • The Second Cure, Margaret Morgan (Penguin Random House)

Best Science Fiction Novella

  • “I Almost
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Spectrum 26 Awards Finalists

The 2019 Spectrum Awards finalists have been announced.


  • “Lair of the Firebreather”, Justin Gerard
  • “Reach”, Donato Giancola
  • “After the Flood”, Valentin Kopetzki
  • “Earth Species Project”, Victo Ngai
  • “Annihilation variant”, Greg Ruth


  • “Winter Road”, Jaime Jones
  • “I Am the Light”, Vanessa Lemen
  • “Japanese Tales 1: The Invisible Man”, Yuko Shimizu
  • “Dragon Lords: Bad Faith”, Chase Stone
  • “Charlie Florida”, Francis Vallejo


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2019 Darrell Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2019 Darrell Awards have been announced:

Best Midsouth Novel

  • In the Service of Luna, John E. Siers (Stonewall)
  • Every Wind of Change, Frank Tuttle (self-published)

Best Midsouth Novella

  • “Find the Lady”, Kevin Andrew Murphy (Mississippi Roll)
  • The Hairy Man, William Alan Webb (Dingbat)

Best Midsouth Short Story 

  • “Family Circle”, Lee Ann Story (End of the World Potluck)
  • “Teddy Bump”, Sheree
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2018 Analog AnLab and Asimov’s Readers’ Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2018 Analog Analytical Laboratory (AnLab) and Asimov’s Readers’ Awards have been announced. Most are available to read online.

Analog Science Fiction and Fact Analytical Laboratory Award Finalists

Best Novella

  • “Blurred Lives“, Adam-Troy Castro (1-2/18)
  • “A Stab of the Knife“, Adam-Troy Castro (7-8/18)
  • “Harry and the Lewises”, Edward M. Lerner (9-10/18)
  • “The Last Biker Gang“, Wil McCarthy (5-6/18)

Best Novelette

  • “Endless City“, David Gerrold (1-2/18)
  • “Left to Take
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2019 Compton Crook Award Finalists

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) has announced the finalists for the 2019 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award:

  • The City of Brass, S.A. Chakraborty (Harper Voyager)
  • The Poppy War, R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager)
  • Trail of Lightning, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)
  • Sisters of the Winter Wood, Rena Rossner (Redhook)
  • Implanted, Lauren C. Teffeau (Angry Robot)
  • The Feed, Nick Clark Windo (Morrow)

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2019 Audie Awards Finalists

The Audio Publishers Association has announced the 2019 Audie Awards finalists, recognizing excellence in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.

Audie finalists of genre interest include:

Science Fiction

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase, Eoin Colfer & Douglas Adams, read by John Lloyd, Simon Jones, Geoff McGivern, and a full cast (Penguin Random House UK Audio)
  • Planetside, Michael Mammay, read by R.C. Bray (HarperAudio)
  • Black Star Renegades
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Minnesota Book Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2019 Minnesota Book Awards, given by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, have been announced, including several titles and authors of genre interest.

Genre Fiction

  • Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories, Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin)

Middle Grade Literature

  • Louisiana’s Way Home, Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick)
  • Otherwood, Pete Hautman (Candlewick)
  • The Key to Every Thing, Pat Schmatz (Candlewick)
  • The Collectors, Jacqueline West (Greenwillow)
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2019 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award Finalists

The Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS) has named the finalists for the 2019 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award, “for best classic literary works of liberty.”

  • “Sam Hall”, Poul Anderson (Astounding 8/53)
  • “As Easy as A.B.C.”, Rudyard Kipling (London 3-4/1912)
  • “Conquest by Default”, Vernor Vinge (Analog 5/68)
  • “Harrison Bergeron”, Kurt Vonnegut (F&SF 10/61)
  • Schrödinger’s Cat: The Universe Next Door, Robert Anton Wilson (Pocket)

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2019 PEN America Finalists

Finalists for the PEN America Literary Awards have been announced, and include several works of genre interest.

PEN/Jean Stein Book Award
  • Friday Black, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Mariner)
  • The Overstory, Richard Powers (Norton)

PEN/Hemingway Award for a Debut Novel

  • Freshwater, Akwaeke Emezi (Grove)
  • Severance, Ling Ma (Farrar, Straus, Giroux)

PEN Translation Prize

  • Nevada Days, Bernardo Atxaga, translated by Margaret Jull Costa (Graywolf)
  • Disoriental, Négar Djavadi,
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2018 Cybils Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2018 Children’s and Young Adults Bloggers’ Literary Awards (Cybils) have been announced. Books of genre interest are listed below:

Young Adult Speculative Fiction

  • Pitch Dark, Courtney Alameda (Feiwel & Friends)
  • Mirage, Somaiya Daud (Flatiron)
  • Tess of the Road, Rachel Hartman (Random House)
  • Dread Nation, Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray)
  • Summer of Salt, Katrina Leno (HarperTeen)
  • Not Even Bones, Rebecca Schaeffer (Houghton
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2018 National Book Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2018 National Book Awards have been announced and include authors and works of genre interest.


  • Florida, Lauren Groff (Riverhead)
  • The Great Believers, Rebecca Makkai (Viking)
  • The Friend, Sigrid Nunez (Riverhead)

Young People’s Literature

  • The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen)
  • The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge, M.T. Anderson & Eugene Yelchin (Candlewick).

Translated Literature

  • Disoriental, Négar Djavadi, translated by Tina Kover (Europa
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2018 Parsec Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2018 Parsec Awards, honoring excellence in speculative fiction podcasting, have been announced.

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)

  • Ark City, Adam Christopher
  • Uncanny County, Todd Faulkner, Alison Crane, William Franke & Nicole Greevy
  • Nairobi Jack Rackham and the Lost Gold of the Atlantimengani, Thomas E. Fuller
  • Exoplanetary, C. Christopher Hart
  • Time! Trip! Season One, Gabe Templin & Orlando Segarra

Best Speculative

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Kirkus Prize 2018 Finalists

Finalists for the 2018 Kirkus Prize have been announced, including titles of genre interest:


  • Florida, Lauren Groff (Riverhead)
  • Severance, Ling Ma (Farrar, Straus, Giroux)
  • Tell the Machine Goodnight, Katie Williams (Riverhead)


  • The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen)
  • Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt)
  • Harbor Me, Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen)

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Digital Book World Awards Finalists

Finalists have been announced for the Digital Book World 2018 Awards across 52 categories. Finalists of genre interest include:

Best Book (Science Fiction)
  • Star Wars: From A Certain Point Of View, Anonymous, ed. (Del Rey)
  • The Tangled Lands, Paolo Bacigalupi & Tobias S. Buckell (Saga)
  • Candidates, Cartel, and Chaos, Sterling Emmal (Blurb)
  • Seeker, Douglas E. Richards (Paragon)
  • Artificial Condition, Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)

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2018 Imadjinn Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2018 Imadjinn Awards have been announced, including several titles of genre interest:

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • The Unmoving Stars, Dave Creek (self-published)
  • Belly of the Beast, Katina French (Per Bastet)

Best Fantasy Novel

  • The Black Lily, Mandy & G.D. Burkhead (Burkshelf)
  • The Rite of Wands, Mackenzie Flohr (Indigo)

Best Horror Novel

  • Knife’s Tell, Daniel Dark (Seventh Star)
  • Dark and Deadly Things,
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2018 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award Finalists

Dragonfly Song by Wendy Orr (Allen & Unwin) is one of the five titles shortlisted for the 2018 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. The C$50,000 prize, awarded “for the most distinguished book of the year,” is sponsored by the Toronto-Dominion Bank Group and administered by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC).

For more information, including a complete list of finalists, see the CCBC website.

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Dayton Literary Peace Prize Finalists

Finalists for the 2018 Dayton Literary Peace Prize have been announced, including Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead), Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar (Little, Brown), and Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner) in the fiction category, and We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World) in non-fiction.

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2018 WSFA Small Press Award Finalists

Finalists for the 2018 Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) Small Press Award for Short Fiction have been announced:

  • “Probably Still the Chosen One”, Kelly Barnhill (Lightspeed 2/17)
  • “Floaters Can’t Float”, Pip Coen (Compelling Science Fiction 4/17)
  • “A Vague Inclination to Please”, Brandon Daubs (All Hail Our Robot Conquerers)
  • “Oba Oyinbo”, Jonathan Edelstein (Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show 10/17)
  • “Through Milkweed and Gloom”, Wendy Nikel (Submerged)
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Locus Awards Weekend

The Locus Awards were held June 22-24, 2018 at the Best Western Executive Inn in balmy Seattle for the thirteenth consecutive year. Connie Willis was MC, with Daryl Gregory presenting the awards. Willis and Yoon Ha Lee taught the Locus Writers workshops that book-ended the weekend. Attendance numbered 150. Events kicked off Friday with readings by Willis and Lee, followed by a Clarion West-hosted party in honor of first-week instructor ...Read More

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2018 World Fantasy Award Finalists

The World Fantasy Awards ballot for works published in 2017 has been announced. The awards will be presented November 4, 2018 during the 2018 World Fantasy Convention (WFC) to be held at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore MD.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, will go to Charles de Lint and Elizabeth Wollheim.

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2018 Endeavour Award Finalists

Finalists for the 2018 Endeavour Award have been announced:

  • CrossTown, Loren W. Cooper (Xeno)
  • Ironfoot, Dave Duncan (Night Shade)
  • Portal of a Thousand Worlds, Dave Duncan (Open Road)
  • The Cold Eye, Laura Anne Gilman (Saga)
  • A Secret History of Witches, Louisa Morgan (Orbit)

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2018 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Finalists

Finalists for the fifth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award have been announced:

  • “Spun of Salt and Stone”, Deborah L. Davitt
  • “The Lady of Pain”, Steve DuBois
  • “Deny the World with a Thought”, Benjamin Scott Farthing
  • “The Puzzle Vault”, Auston Habershaw
  • “The Memory Bank & Trust”, Patrick Hurley
  • “Ashes for Ashes”, Kevin Kauffmann
  • “Luchadora”, Melissa Mead
  • “The Deadliest Dish”, David Samuels
  • “Ash-Eater”, Benjamin Tyler Smith
  • “Dragon’s Hand”, David VonAllmen

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2018 Campbell Memorial Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2018 John W. Campbell Memorial Award have been announced:

  • The Rift, Nina Allan (Titan)
  • Tropic of Kansas, Christopher Brown (HarperCollins)
  • Future Home of the Living God, Louise Erdrich (Harper)
  • The Stars Are Legion, Kameron Hurley (Saga)
  • The Moon and the Other, John Kessel (Saga)
  • The Stargazer’s Embassy, Eleanor Lerman (Mayapple)
  • Austral, Paul McAuley (Gollancz)
  • Autonomous, Annalee Newitz (Tor)
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